My ten favorite blog posts

Browsing back through five years of blogging, I found myself lingering and smiling most over these ten posts. I refuse to rank them, but they are recurring and important themes for me. I invite you to visit them and comment.

I don’t close the comments on my past blogs because I don’t believe these virtual conversations end, nor that they should be rushed. I’m a big fan of Twitter as a professional tool; however, the ideas that we need to hear and develop around education are too important and too complex for sound bytes or tweets. Although I blog more often now than when I started, I don’t necessarily think high-frequency blogging is a good thing–unless you just like to hear [see] yourself talk. I value conversation and thoughtful response, and I look forward to hearing from you.

1/20/2009 – What About The Children 

A look at the negative impact of educational reform policy decisions on the lives of real students and their parents.

10/13/2007 – Stairway to Heaven (aka Learning is NOT Linear)

Just because we divide the curriculum into neat little blocks progressing from lower to higher levels of difficulty, does not mean that’s how children learn it or demonstrate it.

8/12/2008A Call to Revival, or How Did We Leave Our Children Behind

A call and a challenge to the Black community to reclaim our children and their future by reviving our historical commitment to the value of their education.

10/5/2009 – Reaping What We’ve Sown: Poor Parents and School

Perhaps more parents in poor communities appear to value education less because less value has clearly been placed on them and their children by the public education system.

6/17/2007Where Honor is Due

Veteran teachers often have a great store of knowledge, not only about teaching in general, but also about the communities in which they work or the workings of school systems. Some of that knowledge is encrusted in hard-earned cynicism, but when it is carefully mined, it can produce tangible yields for student learning and school effectiveness.

3/14/2008 – Redefining Basic Skills

As the amount of information available to us multiplies exponentially by the hour, it’s time to redefine what are the real “basic skills” and how best to teach them to the citizens of our present and future.

12/15/09 – Back to Basics: Parents and Educators Working Together for Children

I got to spend an entire day in an all too rare setting…parents, teachers, and grassroot community leaders working together… In too many cases, parents and educators have become almost enemies; suspicious of each other, accusing one another, and losing focus on our common goals.

9/16/2007  – Compared to What? Rural Poverty and NCLB

Most of the school districts here in the Delta region of Mississippi get less than 20% (most less than 15%) of their operating funds from local revenues, and over 25% from Federal funds (2006 State Superintendent Report)…Yet these poorer schools and districts are also most likely to be penalized by the intended and unintended consequences of the law that was supposed to help provide their students with more equitable education.

7/30/2010Dear Angela

My start of the school year message to a former student, now a principal at a local elementary school.

10/3/2008 – Trusting Teachers: The Most Radical Education Reform of All

Critics of American public education like to point out the unfavorable comparisons between our school children and those of other nations. These same critics, however, are much less likely to compare how those other systems train, treat, or pay their teachers.